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Makassar, Semarang join EU’s ‘World Cities’

  • Liza Yosephine

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 23 2017   /  01:43 am

In the face of rising urbanization challenges, two Indonesian cities have paired up with two European cities for a year-long sustainable urban development program, overseen by the European Commission.

The Commission launched the “World Cities Indonesia” program in Jakarta on Monday, which partners Makassar in South Sulawesi and Semarang in Central Java with Sevilla in Spain and Zagreb in Croatia respectively. The paired cities will share best practices and collaborate on urban development projects to be completed by middle of 2018.

Local government representatives gathered at the day-long event to meet for the first time and to introduce their respective cities. Representatives of Makassar touted the city’s smart city program, while Seville was presented as a world renowned bike-friendly city.

Andi Zulfitra Dianta, an officer from Makassar’s development and ...